September 21 is celebrated annually as an International Day of Peace as recognized by the United Nations.
I see the value and necessity of proactively working for peace. Peace Pilgrim is one of my heroes. She walked a pilgrimage that she vowed she would end only when mankind stopped war-making. She walked for some 28 years until – ironically – she died in an automobile accident while being driven to a speaking engagement.
“One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.” – Peace Pilgrim [quoted in The Little Book of Peace, edited by Patricia J. Chui (2001)]. Little person? Peace Pilgrim was a giant!
A significant percentage of our U.S. national resources are used in the name of “national defense” and war-making capabilities. The United States spends more money on national defense than all other countries combined.
It is time – no, it is past time – that we American citizens evaluate what we have gained from this huge expenditure on national defense and war-making capabilities. We have to examine who benefits from these expenditures and this way of life.
“Peace is healthy for children and other living things.” For years I had this message on a “clingy” on the inside of my passenger side car window.
Peace benefits all.
Today I will pray: “Please help me be at peace so that I may work for peace on behalf of all peoples.”
Please join me in celebrating this International Day of Peace and in working for peace on behalf of all peoples.